Knee, the largest and one of the vital joints in the human body not only carries the most part of the upper body weight, but also plays a pivotal role in keeping you agile. Worn-out knees hinder every simple movement, be it walking, running, sitting and if not addressed on time, can interfere with the quality of life.
There are many wrong notions around Knee Replacement but trust us, it’s not cumbersome at all! Thanks to medical advancements and the dexterity of the highly trained best orthopedic surgeons, replacing knees through surgical intervention is gaining momentum, especially among the elderly.
Well, total knee replacement gives you freedom from pain and restores better quality of living. The patient will be able to get back to normal duties within two to three weeks and start regular work without exerting much pressure, for the first one month.
Known as Knee Arthroplasty or Total Knee Replacement, this surgery is recommended for those suffering from chronic knee pain due to age related wear and tear, or from joint degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post injury, where non-surgical treatments including medications, physiotherapy fail to provide relief.
Knee Arthroplasty is an invasive procedure where the surgeon makes an incision about 6 to 10 inches long, to clear away the damaged joint surfaces. Then an artificial joint is placed, and the knee is then rotated, bent to ensure proper function. The surgery would last for 1.5 to 2 hours, and the patient would be encouraged to walk the same day, with assistance
Senior Consultant Orthopedic surgeon, Chennai
MBBS , MS (Ortho) , Fellow in Arthroscopy ( germany )